Exhibition from the 17th of June to the 25th of September at the Théâtre de la photographie et de l'image, 27 boulevard Dubouchage, 06000 Nice, open everyday except Mondays, from 10am to 6pm, phone : 04.97.13.42.20.
Earlier the Jacques Henri Lartigue father's has initiate him to the shooting. It helps Lartigue to fight against the loneliness he improves since his childhood. With the camera Lartigue watch the world with some lightness he looks for inside the engines of the planes or the cars. This lightness will be found again in the spiritual games or the silly games playing sometimes by his family for escaping from the social conventions. This lightness can be found also in the speed world of new sports at the beginning of the 20th century. Jacques Henri Lartigue wants to catch the happiness with his pictures but also with the albums he made for fighting against the fragility of the human being.
Jacques Henri Lartigue begins to earn money with painting. He follows studies at the Julian Academy in 1915 and exhibites his first paintings in some art galleries in south of France. He improves strong feelings for women he loves and also for models since 1910. He interrogates directly the women eyes face to face and his models seem to do no movements and being like open flowers. During the 1930's and the 1940's Jacques Henri Lartigue doesn't have a lot of money. he refuse to have a job because he didn't want to loose his own freedom. Everything changes at the beginning of the 1950's.
Jacques Henri Lartigue takes a boat to Los Angeles and when he arrives at the east coast of the United States he meets Charles Rado from the Rapho agency. Rado phones to Szarkowski the director of the MOMA photographic department. In 1963 the MOMA organizes a big exhibition around his work. The Life magazine made a portfolio in his November number when the press announces the killing of the president JFK. Lartigue becomes immediately famous. He made the official picture of the french president Valery Giscard d'Estaing in 1974 and two huge exhibitions (Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Grand Palais) gives him a tribute for giving by will some pictures to the french state. His last pictures show a photographer attracted by the numbness who nibbles the bodies and let only their shadows.